Psychology and Mental Health News

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3/3/2011
Chimps, Too, May Use Laughter for Social Gain

Finding expands understanding of apes' expressions and interactions, researchers say

3/3/2011
Stigma Often Adds to Burden of Obesity

Health declines were worse in those who felt discriminated against, study found

3/2/2011
Even Tiny Tots May Develop Mental Health Problems

Apathy, withdrawal, depression affect the very young, too, experts say

3/2/2011
Pot Use in Youth Ups Risk of Psychotic Symptoms in Later Life

Longer the use, the higher the chance of long-lasting symptoms, study finds

3/1/2011
Scientists Link 'Sets' of Genetic Abnormalities to Autism Risk

DNA analysis of more than 1,000 kids may one day lead to better treatments, researchers say

2/28/2011
Medical Surrogates May Pay Emotional Price for Crisis Decisions

Stress, guilt, doubt greatest for those whose loved ones didn't convey end-of-life requests, study says

2/28/2011
Optimism Is Good for Your Heart

A bright outlook helps heart disease patients live longer, study finds

2/26/2011
'Heroes' Judged Harshly for Bad Behavior, Study Finds

Unlike do-gooders, victims less likely to be blamed for transgressions, researchers say

2/25/2011
Depression May Worsen Over Time in Addiction-Prone Women

Alcoholism, antisocial behavior susceptible to relationship, neighborhood dynamics, study finds

2/25/2011
College Kids Often Feel Guilty About Texting in Class: Survey

Half feel bad about messaging when it's banned, but two-thirds do it

2/24/2011
People More Likely to Act Morally Than They Imagine

Those able to cheat on a test were less likely to do so than those who said they would given the chance, study finds

2/24/2011
Most 'Locked-In Syndrome' Patients Happy, Survey Finds

'Subjective well-being' may help those with inability to move or speak, researchers suggest

2/23/2011
Early Childhood Might Affect Love Life in Adult

Infants with secure attachments coped better with conflict later, study finds

2/23/2011
Stress Hormone Linked to PTSD Symptoms in Women

Finding may lead to new ways to diagnose, treat disorder, researchers say

2/23/2011
Study Unravels Link Between Stress and Chronic Health Issues

Anger, anxiety increase inflammation and disease vulnerability, researchers say

2/22/2011
Brain's Electrical Activity May Help Spot Infants at High Risk for Autism

EEGs plus computer analysis detected subtle pattern differences the human eye might miss

2/21/2011
Kids' Callousness Associated With Conduct Problems

Lack of empathy, emotion linked to raised risk of antisocial behavior, research suggests

2/21/2011
Busy Social Life May Stave Off Disability in Elderly

Seniors who participate in activities are better able to continue self-care, study finds

2/21/2011
Teens Posting 'Cutting' Videos on YouTube

Researchers warn that watching them may prompt vulnerable kids to injure themselves

2/18/2011
Study Finds Widespread Trauma in Wake of BP Oil Spill

Discovery indicates need for broader outreach to victims of environmental disasters, expert says

2/18/2011
Using Cell Phones Might Evoke Emotions, Study Suggests

Typing in certain number sequences triggered feeling of corresponding word in user's mind

2/18/2011
Antipsychotic Drugs Raise Heart Risks, Experts Warn

Mental health docs urged to take active role in physical well-being of patients

2/18/2011
Study Says 2 Therapies Help Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cognitive behavior counseling and exercise program enhanced standard treatment, according to British researchers

2/16/2011
Self-Drawings May Reveal Hidden Eating Disorders

Women with anorexia or bulimia tend to sketch their body features differently, researchers say

2/16/2011
Placebo Effect May Work in Reverse

With 'nocebo' effect, pain levels rose as patients' belief in painkiller fell, study found

2/16/2011
'Resilience Gene' May Save Kids in Troubled Families

Children with the gene have fewer arguments, better relationships with their impaired parents, study finds

2/16/2011
'Talk Therapy' Can Alter Brain Activity, Research Shows

Physical changes occur in brains of social anxiety patients receiving psychotherapy

2/15/2011
Kids Learn to Work Together Early, Study Finds

3-year-olds have a basic sense of fairness when it comes to sharing, research shows

2/15/2011
Fluctuating Hormones Linked to More Severe Bipolar Symptoms

Premenstrual, postpartum, menopausal mood changes may affect women with disorder: study

2/14/2011
Nonmilitary More Likely to Return to War Zone After Psych Condition

Researcher suggests more focus on medical issues facing civilian workers

2/14/2011
Playing Hard to Get May Get the Girl, Study Finds

The 'pull of delicious uncertainty' increases attraction, research suggests

2/11/2011
The Better People Feel About Their Country, the Better They Feel Overall

This is especially true among those who have low incomes, live in poorer countries, study finds

2/11/2011
Clues May Reveal When a Person Is Faking Remorse

Study finds telltale signs include emotional swings and hesitation when speaking

2/11/2011
Gift-Giving, for Many Men, Means Avoiding Rejection

Steering clear of risky presents (and sales clerks) is the goal, behavior expert says

2/10/2011
Recession Strengthens Some Marriages: Survey

Effect of financial problems on marital ties depends on commitment, expert says

2/10/2011
Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them

But recollections are less painful if you think the worst is over, researchers say

2/9/2011
Males' Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Vary by Month

Boys aged 12 to 17, men over 50 most at risk in December, U.S. researchers find

2/8/2011
Study Links Brain Molecule to Risk of Major Depression

Researchers suggest connection between genes and stress response

2/8/2011
Bullying May Accompany Drive to Be Popular

Kids engage in teasing, aggression as they struggle to make it to the top, study finds

2/7/2011
Schizophrenia Drugs May Spur Subtle Brain Tissue Loss

Doctors should prescribe lowest effective dose of antipsychotic med, experts say

2/7/2011
Pot Use Might Speed Onset of Psychosis: Study

Analysis found those with illness who had smoked showed symptoms about 3 years sooner

2/7/2011
Too Many Hours on the Job May Put Teens at Risk

Schoolwork, behavior may suffer when high schoolers work more than 20 hours a week, study says

2/4/2011
Quality of Family Mealtimes May Affect Kids' Asthma

Keeping dinner conversation free from TV, disruptions linked to better health, study found

2/4/2011
U.S. Sees Slowdown in Spending on Mental Health

People who need help still aren't getting it, official says

2/4/2011
Video Suggests Mother Chimps May Grieve Death of an Infant

Study may improve understanding of how other primates respond to mortality, researchers say

2/4/2011
The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get: Study

Changes in eating, sleeping habits might explain the trend, researcher says

2/4/2011
Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

2/2/2011
Adults With Autism May Not Understand Others' Intentions

They tend to judge other people's mistakes harshly, study finds

2/1/2011
Study Examines Reasons Some Black Men Avoid Doctors

Physicians reportedly don't provide practical advice on how to make needed lifestyle changes

2/1/2011
Girls Win When They Play Video Games With Parents: Study

Co-playing age-appropriate games can improve behavior, family connections, findings suggest